This article explores the hypothesis of Clifford Geertz concerning the importance of essentialism (culture) and epochalism (economics) in the creation of new states. It focuses on the Irish state‐building process, examining the thought of the two leaders of the 1916 rising. It finds that Patrick Pearse throughout stressed cultural revitalization and James Connolly stressed economic/social transformation. The article lends support to Geertz’s hypothesis but notes that each leader also came to appreciate the primary concern of the other.
O’Neil, D.J. (1999), "Essentialism and epochalism within the context of Irish state‐building", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 26 No. 10/11, pp. 1285-1301. https://doi.org/10.1108/03068299910292523Download as .RIS
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